Item description for In Darkness It Dwells by Joseph Laudati...
Teen-aged filmmaker Tom DeFrank, through his hobby of stop-motion photography, conceives a monster: he builds and animates a demon puppet. Unbeknownst to Tom, however, the "toy" creates a subliminal bond with a dark entity. As he labors with the miniature beast, making his movie, the boy unwittingly summons a force that wreaks the terrible vengeance of Tom's repressed rage. Only reclusive psychic Stephen Parrish and his daughter Julie know of the ancient evil awakened in their little town. As romance blooms between the teens, Parrish senses the strange presence within the troubled young filmmaker and seeks to unravel the mystery of the demon. But people are dying as bitter grudges come to the fore. Rumors abound of a strange creature loose in the countryside, and a fearful public turns suspicious on Parrish. Will he be able to leash the monster and the will of its creator -- a boy little conscious of his power to create or destroy?
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.8" Width: 4.3" Height: 2.1" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2006
Publisher Medallion Press
ISBN 1932815708 ISBN13 9781932815702
Reviews - What do customers think about In Darkness It Dwells?
A great read Mar 16, 2008
In Darkness it Dwells is an impressive book. Author Laudati author has written a semi-epic here, detailed in a way that is reminiscent of Stephen King or Dean Koontz. This is a book way above the level of many horror titles.
The author knows every aspect of his characters lives, of the town they live in, of the demonological framework he employs in his story, and of amateur movie making which figures predominantly in the novel in quite an original way.
The writing is clear, crisp and smooth. The book flows and moved and never feels slow, despite it's hefty 600 plus page count.
But despite its demonic goings on, the real core of the book is the strength of the characters and the touching relationship between the young hero and heroine. Laudati paints this burgeoning relationship with such sensitivity that one feels as if he is experiencing what the same feelings the characters are. Characters are fresh, original, and real, never straying into cliché. The characters provide a strong spine to hang the horror on. The horror is affecting, because the characters it is happening to are so real.
The plot is clever, full of twists, and never becomes predictable.
A tremendous effort. Laudati is certainly an author to watch.
In Darkness It Dwells : a review by published writer Nov 4, 2007
Joe Laudati's novel is very well written. He has developed the rare talent of creating a setting where true reality blends smoothly with vivid imaginary characters, and where the reader can easily understand the emotions that drive each character to their ultimate destiny. He cleverly balances the characters fear, anger and anxieties with humor....and paints a landscape full of widely varying character types, ages, and dispositions. This novel is what great, entertaining movies are made of. Riveting...but not stressful. Plus...the author lived much of the story line, thus providing the factual details that give substance to the fast plot and characters personal drive.
Paranormal thrills with good character development Oct 27, 2007
Paranormal thrillers are my favorite genre when they're done well. This one is. The characters are well developed, and that's another thing in novels that keeps me interested and satisfies me. In Darkness It Dwells also delivers a good story that's imaginative and different, and it moves along at a good pace. It hits the right buttons with this reader. Five stars from me.
for the first book, Very imaginative Oct 27, 2006
If this is his first book then future is BRIGHT for this author. Parts of book remind you of King, Barker. Ending is Like MOST of the horror books!!! if you know what I mean!!!
Joe Laudati;- as good an author as he is a sculptor. Oct 1, 2006
Joe Laudati's novel "In Darkness it Dwells" proves beyond any doubt that his future as an author is assured. This brilliant novel tells the story of Tom DeFrank, an avid Ray Harryhausen fan and keen amateur stop-motion animator. After an unsettling event in a cave once frequented by Devil worshippers, he becomes obsessed with a demonic creature that seems to invade his nightmares. So taken with this creature is he that he builds and begins to animate a likeness of it. Fau' Charoth, as the creature is called, is brought hideously to life through Tom's obsession with it. Together with his girlfriend Julie Parrish, and her psychic father Stephen, they must find a way to send it back through the portal of hell that Tom had inadvertantly opened, before it destroys him entirely.
This is an edge-of-your-seat thrill-ride that does not let up from beginning to end. Joe Laudati is amazing in the way he brings his characters to convincing life. The ease in which you can identify with the characters is equally incredible.
Joe Laudati is an incredible sculptor, and as an author, just as incredible.
If you are looking for a book that is jammed packed with action, horror, romance, and non-stop thrills, then this is the book for you.